Building Bridges Refocused:

The CT-N video of the morning’s discussion is available here.



Audience: All entities administering and/or affected by Connecticut criminal justice policies and practices including: state legislators and local elected officials; state and municipal agencies; the Judicial Branch; law enforcement; business leaders; academics and students; the faith community; impacted individuals; and local and statewide community-based organizations.


Day: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 * 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.* Welte Auditorium, CCSU


Theme: Connecticut’s Second Chance Society initiative provides an opportunity to view re-entry through a widening lens of rehabilitation and reconciliation. The Building Bridges series continues with an open dialogue focused on this historic moment in criminal justice reform.



• 8:30am – Registration/Coffee (Welte Auditorium)


• 9:00am – Welcome and Introduction: CCSU President Jack Miller

Video: Building Bridges Refocused


• 9:10am – Opening thoughts: President of the Board of Regents, Mark Ojakian, DOC Commissioner Scott Semple


• 10:00am – A view of Second Chances from multiple perspectives

Participants: Byron Bigelow (Video), Charlie Gray, Cynthia Clooney (Video),

Daryl McGraw (Video), Bob Gillis, Johnny Rivera (Video), Ken Richardson

Moderator: Wally Lamb, Editor (Couldn’t Keep it to Myself)


• 11:40am -Performance: In My Shoes (Judy Dworin Performance Project)


• 12pm Lunch (Alumni and Constitution Room)

Networking followed by Facilitated Dialogue with the

Network Education Committee 


• 1:15pm -Breakouts: (CCSU Student Center, Constitution Room) 

A. Advocacy

B. Trauma

C. Faith-Based

D. Police/Community Relations

E. Mental health/Substance Abuse


•2:30pm – Keynote Speaker: Walter Fortson – The Petey Greene Program

“Empathy and Solidarity: the only path to justice”


•3:00pm -Wrap-up –Bill Dyson



During the break, conference participants are encouraged to grab lunch and sit at a table with someone they have never met. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service’s Network Education Committee will facilitate “Changing Mind: Lunch Table Talks”. The Network Education committee will engage each participant in a conversation about self-awareness, stigma, mental health and more. This will be an opportunity to hear the opinions and experiences of others, as well as a time of self-reflection.



Semesters, Student Center

Exploring the need for an adult criminal justice reform advocacy effort. Facilitated by John Santa of the Malta Justice Initiative and Abby Anderson of the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance. This will be a working group.


Philbrick, Student Center

Exploring the work of the Faith Community in Prison Reform and Reentry. Facilitated by Poet, Author and Professor Frederick Douglass Knowles, attendees of this session will hear from Connecticut based Spiritual Leaders on the work that their places of worship do to provide resources for formerly incarcerated individuals. This will be a working group. The outcome will be a campaign for social media and community forum to embrace forgiveness and combat the stigma that people who were formerly incarcerated and their families face every day.


Sprague/Carlton, Student Center

Title: “The Importance of Trauma Awareness in Treating and Planning for Men in Prison”

Presenters:  Ginny Gerbino-Rosen, MD: Neurobiology, Clinical Issues and Medication Options for Trauma Triggers

Lalitha Pieri, PhD, PsyD: Sex Offender Treatment

Michelle Demers, CSW: TARGET

William Kompare, CSW: Start Now

Dr. Meleney Scudder, PsyD, CCHP-MH

Police/Community relations:

Alumni Hall, Student Center

At a time when police/community interactions are at the forefront of public discourse across the country, Connecticut is leading the conversation on how to address the discord through the systematic use of data. Under its newly revamped racial profiling law, Connecticut has become the first state to comprehensively collect and analyze statewide traffic stop data. This presentation will discuss the process of collecting traffic stop data, making the data available to the public, analyzing the results to determine if racial profiling is occurring in the state, and the corresponding use of statewide implicit bias trainings. It will also speak to similar work going on across the country, much of which is being based off of Connecticut’s model. To learn more about the project, visit

Presenters: Ken Barone, Project Direct, CT Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, CCSU

Chief James Wardwell, New Britain Police Department

Glenn A. Cassis, Executive Director, African-American Affairs Commission


Mental Health/Substance Abuse:

Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

Substance Abuse Breakout Session. More than 80% of the criminal justice population in Connecticut has a substance use disorder requiring treatment. The treatment of offenders with substance use disorders has been shown to reduce risk for re-incarceration and for drug-related infractions, reduce needle sharing and illnesses such as HIV and HCV, reduced mortality and improved social outcomes. Treating these illnesses is a very important role for correctional medicine, yet many systems do not provide community standard treatment of substance use disorders. This session will discuss Connecticut’s efforts to provide medication assisted therapy to those with opioid substance use disorders in two of its jails—New Haven Correctional Center and Bridgeport Correctional Center—and some of the challenges involved. The session will include slide presentations followed by a question and answer session and discussion of substance use disorder treatment in corrections.

Presenters: Kathleen F. Maurer, MD, Medical Director and Director of Health and Addiction Services for the Connecticut

Department of Correction

John Hamilton, CEO, Recovery Network of Programs (RNP)

Jennifer Kolakowski, Chief Clinical Officer of RNP, the opiate treatment program provider for the Bridgeport

Correctional Center